'La belle assemblêe'
1 of 16 portraits of Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire
'La belle assemblêe'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 May 1787
9 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (248 mm x 349 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 14 1/4 in. (263 mm x 363 mm) paper size
Sittersback to top
- Sarah Archer (née West), Lady Archer (1741-1801), Wife of Andrew, 2nd Lord Archer. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire (died 1816), Wife of 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire. Sitter associated with 16 portraits. Identify
- Elizabeth Jeffries, Maid of honour to Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Sitter associated with 4 portraits. Identify
- Lady Cecilia Johnston. Sitter associated with 10 portraits. Identify
- Emma Edgcumbe (née Gilbert), Countess of Mount Edgcumbe (1729-1807), Wife of 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
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Events of 1787back to top
Current affairsSocial reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.
Art and sciencePainter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon.
The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.
InternationalCaptain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.
First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
Bahamas become a British colony.
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